Day In The Life {17 Months}

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Our little dude turned 17 months old yesterday, so I wanted to write a “day in the life” post as a way to remember the day. When Quinn was first born, I used to blog about our daily adventures once a month, and it was such a great way to remember those times. I love going back and remembering what life was like at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc. And, of course, I love seeing all of the photos of tiny Quinn! Anyway, here’s a peek inside our day yesterday!

6:33 AM: I wake up to the sound of hammering. I immediately think Mal decided to hang something in our bathroom, but I know he wouldn’t make so much noise with Quinn still sleeping. Then, I hear the sink turn on and off in the bathroom. Ok, it’s not Mal banging, so I look at the baby monitor and, sure enough, it’s Quinn kicking his crib. Ha! I look at my phone to see what time it is, and I’m shocked that Quinn slept so late. I head into his room and then take him downstairs. He eats a banana and I drink a glass of iced coffee while we cuddle on the couch.

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6:45 AM: Mal leaves for school. Quinn and I read books. He’s been into vehicles lately, so we’re learning all about cars, trucks, jeeps, tractors, school buses, ambulances, etc.

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7:00 AM: I reheat some crockpot steel-cut oatmeal from the fridge.

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I add a big scoop of Teddie peanut butter and enjoy my breakfast while watching Quinn throw balls around the house.

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This only lasts for a short while, so I end up following Quinn around the house while I eat my oatmeal.

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7:20 AM: In between bouts of playing, I finish my oatmeal.

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7:30 AM: Breakfast time for Quinn. I give him part of a bagel with cream cheese and fruit salad while I make him a smoothie. I sneak in avocado, kale, and ground flax. There’s also banana, grapes, frozen strawberries, and strawberry-banana yogurt mixed in, so he drinks it right down. He eats a few bites of fruit salad and finishes the bagel, so he gives me the sign for “all done,” which is the only one he knows and quite hilarious in certain situations, like when he wants to get out of his car seat or when he doesn’t want his diaper changed. I originally taught it to him to help us deal with his incessant food throwing, but it works for other things too!

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8:00 AM: We play, play, play!

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8:30 AM: We get dressed for the day and then read some more books. (I love that Quinn is excited about the BIRDS in the PUG book. Haha!)

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9:15 AM: We drive to KFIT. I work out while Quinn gets his play on.

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The workout is tough (25 minutes), and I end up doing almost 50 Shoulder-to-Overhead reps at 85 pounds. My shoulders are smoked by the end.

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11:00 AM: We arrive home. Quinn falls asleep in the car, so I put him down for a nap. Then, I whip up a protein shake (SFH vanilla Recovery + iced coffee + soy milk + water) and take a shower.

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11:30 AM: I’m hungry, so I nuke a bag of Trader Joe’s “Melodious Blend” in the microwave. Once it’s done, I put some in a bowl along with some leftovers (quinoa, steamed spinach, and roasted carrots). I top the whole thing with crumbled feta.

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Lunch is served! I eat while working on my laptop.

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12:30 PM: I’m still kind of hungry, so I eat a small bowl of yogurt with Peanut Butter Puffins. Back to work.

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1:00 PM: Quinn wakes up from his nap. We watch a little TV before he climbs off the couch and goes into the kitchen. He wants a smoothie, so I try to get him to sit in his highchair for lunch. He’s not having it, so I make him a smoothie and he walks around the house while drinking it. (He’s pointing at the blender in the photo below, which is his sign for “smoothie.”)

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1:30 PM: I try again with lunch. This time Quinn willingly walks over to his chair, so I help him in. He eats a waffle with peanut butter and jelly on it and some cheddar cheese. I also give him some green beans, but he immediately puts them on the table next to him. Little does he know, his smoothie has some in it!

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1:45 PM: Quinn plays while I clean up the kitchen. I also unload the dishwasher and brew coffee for iced coffee.

2:00 PM: We drive to the library. We pick out books. Quinn meets a new friend. They play. Although, she tells him “no” quite a lot and he just stares at her in disbelief. I guess that’s playing, right?

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3:15 PM: We arrive home from the library and then take Murphy for a walk.

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4:00 PM: After Murphy’s walk, we play outside.

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4:15 PM: Dada gets home and everyone is excited to see him!

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4:30 PM: We all go inside. I eat a snack (roasted garlic hummus + edamame crackers) while catching up with Mal. I give Quinn a cracker to try and he sucks off the hummus before giving it back to me for more. Well, he’s definitely a garlic fan!

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5:00 PM: I make dinner while Mal plays with Quinn. Dinner is a random mix since I’m eating more of a vegetarian diet while Mal is still eating meat, so I cook a bunch of different foods for us.

5:30 PM: Dinnertime! Mal eats baked chicken breast with steamed green beans and sweet potato fries. I eat leftover “Melodious Blend” mixed with Brussels sprouts sauteed in soy sauce and sweet potato fries.

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Quinn eats Dave’s 100% Whole Wheat Bread with almond butter, cucumber slices with sea salt (he took one bite), sweet potato fries with ketchup, and a piece of chicken with ketchup on it. Hooray! Our little vegetarian ate meat!

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6:15 PM: After dinner, I clean up the kitchen and make lunch for Mal while he and Quinn play in the living room. I join them once I’m done.

6:45 PM: Mal offers to do bath and book time with Quinn, so I can reply to some emails and work on this post.

8:00 PM: I make a mug of tea (Candy Cane Lane = the best), crack open some Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups (<– click to get a FREE peanut butter cup or squeeze pack), and plop myself in front of the TV.

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9:00 PM: I head upstairs and get ready for bed. I chat with Mal.

9:25 PM: Lights out.

The end.



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